The Best Defensive Players in NBA History

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41Oscar RobertsonOscar Palmer Robertson, nicknamed "The Big O", is an American retired National Basketball Association player who played for the Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks.
42Tristan Thompson

He can make you have no where to go on the court!

43Josh Smith
44Mo Cheeks

How on earth is Mo not AT LEAST top 30! I got him at around 22

45David RobinsonDavid Maurice Robinson is an American former professional basketball player, who played center for the San Antonio Spurs in the National Basketball Association for his entire career.

DpotY, that season he had 4.5 blocks per game to go along with 2.3 steals per game, and yes that is an all-time NBA record for Bpg + Spg in a season (not counting Wilt and Russel). Consistently around 3.5 Bpg and 1.6 Spg for 6 other seasons. Really should be around #10-11 ahead of easily ahead of Lebron, Kobe, Garnet, Jerry West, Bruce Bowen, Wade, and Nash... and probably Moses Malone and Artest as well

DPotY 91-92, in that year he averaged 4.5 Bpg + 2.3 Spg which is all-time NBA record for Bpg + Spg in a season (not counting Wilt and Russel). Also averaged 3.5 Bpg + 1.6 Spg for the OTHER 6 of his first 7 seasons. Really should be around #10-11.

46Grant Hill
47Draymond Green

With consistent defensive performance, he should be in the top 20 by the end of the 2015-2016 season.

I'm ready for Vince Carter to poster his trash talking self and maybe get him to shut up once and for all. Steph and Klay are what make your team lol

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48K.C. Jones

I was scrolling the list ready to add Mr. Jones. Thanks to whoever did - Billyv

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49Allen IversonAllen Ezail Iverson is an American retired professional basketball player who played for 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association.V1 Comment
50John Wall

He's young, but he's already good shot blocker. Many steals per game. If he stays healthy, then he'll be Top 10 defender of all time

51John HavlicekJohn Joseph "Hondo" Havlicek is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships, four of them coming in his first four seasons.

Eliminated guys from the floor to the point where they simply would not get the ball. He never got tired and could lockdown for the whole game while scoring 20 or more every night

An anchor on the great Celtics teams one of the best defenders on the teams that featured Bill Russell

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52Lindsey Hunter

One of the best full court defensive pressure on a ball handler ever, right there with Payton and MJ for this. Very unique player, changed the course of many series just with this amazing defense, and kept himself in the league contending for titles for many years despite doing almost nothing on offense.

Just watch game film of him in DET against Miami on Wade and the other series against Parker and so on. The guy was incredible! It went unnoticed bescause he didn't get the playing time!

53Shawn Marion

This is bull. He should be in the top 10. He shut down lebron in the finals

The guy is a Swiss army knife he does it all

Marion top 10? No way... Bowen before him

54Tayshaun Prince
55Manute Bol

An excellent shot blocker.

Weighed approximately 2 pounds

56Elvin Hayes

87.6 defensive rating in 1974-75, which is the second highest single season rating ever, behind only Ben Wallace

57Jason Terry

Easily top 3 defender all Time

Why is he on the list?

58Joakim NoahJoakim Simon Noah is a professional basketball player for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association.

Outstanding blocker hustles every play

59Yao Ming
60M. L. Carr
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